Love conquers all, even drug addiction

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 24 Apr 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Love is one of the best weapons against drug addiction, said the co-authors of a book that underscores this view. 

Malaysian Hamzah Sidang Mohamed and Indonesian Evodia A. Iswandi jointly wrote I Love You Darling

The book is based on real stories provided by listeners of an Indonesian radio programme who are either former drug addicts or their parents, relatives and friends. 

”Drug addiction is global in nature, be it in the United States, Indonesia or here, so there is no difference in looking for solutions, whether at the prevention or rehabilitation stage, “ said Evodia.  

The premise of the book, she said, was that former addicts would revert to their old habits without genuine love and care. 

“It is based on the belief that with love and affection, people can be protected from being sucked into addiction,” she said. 

TRUESTORIES:Evodia andHamzah withthe book theyco-authoredtitled ‘I LoveYou Darling’based on realstoriesprovided byformer drugaddictsor theirparents andfriends.

It was hoped that the feelings, perceptions and experiences portrayed in the book would allow readers to understand the power of love, added Evodia, who is with the Bersama drug abuse rehabilitation programme in Indonesia. 

The book was launched by Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin, who is also Pemadam chairman, at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday. 

It is now available from Pemadam. 

According to Hamzah, an official with the agency, Pemadam is looking for sponsorship to supply the book to schools or libraries. 

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